Published Date: 2019-06-13
CAPT’s bargaining team caucus 3 days, initial bargaining dates are set
As previously reported and as a result of the new administration, the leadership at CalHR has undergone a series of changes that have impacted the timeliness of not only our contract negotiations, but that of four other bargaining units, including the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association, the International Union of Operating Engineers, and the California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment. All five bargaining units, including our own, have contracts that are set to expire this summer.
CAPT Consultant and Chief Contract Negotiator Ann Lyles met May 17 with Paul Starkey, the newly appointed deputy director of labor relations at the California Department of Human Resources, to discuss our upcoming contract negotiations and when the State would be ready to bargain. Lyles learned at the meeting that CalHR was still working to put their negotiating team together. Despite the delay, Starkey told Lyles that all the departments are eager to get to the table.
“I had to be clear that we were burning bargaining daylight the longer we delay,” Lyles told Starkey at their May 17 meeting.
Lyles requested that the State allow CAPT to schedule three caucus days to prepare its proposals. The State agreed, and our Bargaining Team members caucused at CAPT Headquarters on May 28-30.
“Three caucus days for just our team to work on our proposals will help prepare us to go at break-neck speed once CalHR is ready,” said Lyles.
On May 31, Starkey contacted Lyles to offer bargaining dates. The dates set for bargaining are June 17, 20, 21 and June 24 through 28.
Given the bargaining delay, it is highly unlikely that an agreement will be reached and ratified by the members before the contract’s expiration date. In the absence of an agreement, the evergreen clause will go into effect, which extends the current contract until a new contract is ratified and adopted.
Since our contract expires June 30, our 1.4 percent OPEB will be implemented July 1. CAPT intends to bargain a raise to retroactively offset the OPEB deduction.
If you have any questions, please contact your chapter president; but please be reminded they will all be at the bargaining table for intense bargaining on consecutive days at least through the end of June.
Your support keeps our resolve strong, and our objectives unified. Our Bargaining Team appreciates your support in advance.
June 13, 2019 | Download Flier